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New chick takes flight downtown



Published: Thu, July 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



One falcon is now flying, but the other didn't survive its first attempt.

YOUNGSTOWN -- The two peregrine falcons nesting on the Stambaugh Building downtown have produced two chicks.

One of them, a female, successfully left the nest on its first flight over the weekend. But the other, a male, crashed into a window of the City Center One building and died.

"Nature isn't kind sometimes," said Tom Henry, a wildlife biologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

And the different results of the two chicks' first flights isn't unusual.

"Some take off right away and do fine," he said. "Others need to have multiple experiences."

Peregrine falcons are an endangered species in Ohio. In 1968, the peregrine population was completely eradicated east of the Mississippi River. The Eastern Peregrine Recovery Plan was developed to restore the population in the eastern United States in 1979.

Recently falcon nesting sites have come up in areas across the state. Besides Youngstown, there are five nesting sites in Cleveland, two in Aberdeen and one each in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleves, Columbus, Dayton, Huron, Ironton, Lakewood, Lima, Lorain and Toledo.

Peregrine falcons are about the weight and size of a crow and can grow up to 15 inches in length with a 40-inch wingspan.

The falcons usually nest on ledges of high cliffs in remote areas, but they have adapted well in the cities, using inset windows or window boxes as nests.

Banding the chicks

Henry said that if the remaining chick should come to the ground, the Division of Wildlife should be contacted so he can come and band the bird before it takes off again.

The Division of Wildlife can be notified at (330) 644-2293.




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